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Actor Michael J. Fox Is Alive Amid Online Death Hoax

Updated On 07 Aug, 2018 Published On

Michael J. Fox is still alive, despite a fake news website made readers believe in the actor's death. Following the death hoax of Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean, Michael's passing news is the latest celebrity death hoax target in Hollywood industry.

In an article published on Saturday, August 4, a website purported to be Yahoo! News claimed the Back to the Future star had died of pneumonia complicated by Parkinson’s disease.

The aticle reads, "Fox died at 11:24 this morning. Doctors confirmed Fox passed away peacefully and was surrounded by friends and family."

Fact-checking website Snopes was quick to debunk the article.

This report was false. Neither any legitimate news source nor the Michael J. Fox Foundation released a report or statement regarding the actor’s supposed death. The only source reporting Fox’s death was yahoonews-us.com, a junk news website that imitates the appearance and domain of the real Yahoo! News site.

Michael actually has been living with Parkinson’s since he was diagnosed with the disease in 1991; at the time he was 29.

He publicly revealed about the diagnosis to in 1998 and ever since he has become an ardent supporter of Parkinson’s disease research.

Amid that advocacy, the Designated Survivor star, who has four children with wife Tracy Pollan, is still active in Hollywood.

The two-time Emmy-winning actor isn’t alone who came up with death hoaxes; in recent years, Queen Elizabeth II, Henry Cavill and Britney Spears have all been targeted.